As a designer, it’s always fun to see your work printed, especially since a lot of what we design will only ever exist as pixels on the Web. But I don’t think there is anything that could be more thrilling for me than to get to design someone’s book, and then hold that book in my hands. It’s nothing compared to what the author feels, I’m sure, but it’s exhilarating all the same for my bibliophile heart.
The Adventurists is Bob Weldin’s second book and it follows thrill-seeking government geologists in their exploration of the wild US Forest Service lands in the summer of 1967. The novel was inspired by Weldin’s own experiences as a geologist and mining engineer for the US Bureau of Mines. He wanted a cover that spoke of adventure and risk, and would appeal to fiction lovers as well as his fellow scientists. In researching bestselling books of true mountaineering tales and other similar trade paperbacks, it became clear that a photograph would be well suited to his subject, and we had plenty of suitable ones to choose from from last summer’s 58/25 photo adventure.
An intimidating image of Mount Pilchuck was selected, to which we added a color treatment and distressing effects. Custom silhouette illustrations of a female mountain climber and crossed mining tools were created, and a vintage style light ray was added behind the blocky title font. The illustrations were repeated on the title and half title pages to add some action to the interior, and the slim and heavy fonts from the cover provided nice contrast to the chapter titles and page headers.
It was a great experience working with Bob on designing his book, and working with Russ at Gray Dog Press to have it printed. The Adventurists will soon be available on Amazon and at Spokane bookstores.